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‘SL needs a common law to unite each other’

We should have a common law binding each other if we are to progress as a nation and do justice to the 254 people who lost their lives in the Easter Sunday bomb explosions, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

Addressing a meeting held in Anuradhapura recently, Minister Ranawaka said that several years ago there was a movement aimed at dividing the nation. We had to sacrifice the lives of nearly 26,000 war heroes to defeat that movement. An equal number of civilians, as well as terrorists, died in that struggle. It was by making such big sacrifices that we managed to unite this country. If we succeeded in creating an undivided nation by making such a big sacrifice, we should also strive to bring about an undivided, common law in respect of all communities and religions in the country, while ensuring the separate identifies of communities and religions.

Minister Ranawaka said there should be a common law regarding dress, land and property ownership acceptable to all communities and religions while respecting their identities.

“Although different religious books may propagate different views regarding various subjects, we should understand that people of one community or religion have no right to impose their edicts on members of other religions and communities,” he said.

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